ARB tyre deflater

Submitted: Monday, Jun 07, 2010 at 20:19
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Hi all
I got talked into buying an ARB tyre deflater when I purchased my new tyres the other week. I've got about half a dozen cheapie tyre gauges of various ages and designs which all read about the same. However this new ARB gauge reads about 5-6 psi less than all the other gauges, at $70 I would hope that the ARB unit is the accurate one. Has anyone else got one of these and if so how do you find it reads against any other gauges that you may have.
Regards Jon
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Reply By: Member - Steven C ( - Monday, Jun 07, 2010 at 21:26

Monday, Jun 07, 2010 at 21:26
Hi Jon,

I have a ARB tyre deflater and a good gauge that came with a blue tongue air compressor and they read about the same, give or take 1 PSI.
That said it would be a good thing to get it tested before any warranty expires.

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Reply By: Fatso - Monday, Jun 07, 2010 at 21:33

Monday, Jun 07, 2010 at 21:33
My 21 year old got suckered into buying one of those. Just overpriced tyre gauges I reckon.
Can't do as good of a job as a $5 pencil gauge I reckon.
Not trying to be insulting there Jon. Just don't think it is worth spending the money on.
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Reply By: Who was that again? (Vic) - Monday, Jun 07, 2010 at 21:57

Monday, Jun 07, 2010 at 21:57
Jon, I like the level of adjustment I get with my deflator. Much more accurate than I used to get with a pencil gauge and less fiddly to get right. I also have Stauns, but they never seem to get it right :-(

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Reply By: Mr Pointyhead - Tuesday, Jun 08, 2010 at 10:00

Tuesday, Jun 08, 2010 at 10:00
I find the ARB deflator accurate to about 1 PSI. Also, I like the fact that I can select the pressure I am deflating too, as I use different pressures for different conditions. The final things I like is the speed of deflation, much faster than a stick poked into the valve . I find it faster than using the Stauns.

I think Stauns are good if you always want to deflate to the same pressure, but if you need the variation as I do then the ARB is a better bet.

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Reply By: Member - Jim (Syd) - Tuesday, Jun 08, 2010 at 13:07

Tuesday, Jun 08, 2010 at 13:07
HI Jon,

I also have the ARB deflator and find it is within 1 psi of my Shraeder gauge and also the full industrial tyre inflator/guage unit on my home compressor. It always beats the Stauns and has the ability, as mentioned above, to give you any range of pressures.

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Reply By: Member - Si (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 00:00
I have an ARB one and it is very close (1-2 PSI) with my other gauges. The best thing about buying from ARB is that they will be happy to test if for you if you take it back in. If they find a problem, they will generally change it there on the spot.

This has been my experience with them anyway, but I'm sure there are some out there that would disagree.

Give them a chance to at least look at it and you could be pleasantly surprised.
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Reply By: JD's GQ - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 10:42

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 10:42
Google ferret tyre deflators, There great and cheap!
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Follow Up By: Moose - Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 13:28

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2010 at 13:28
Yep - just don't get distracted with the counting!
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Reply By: blown4by - Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 23:12

Friday, Jun 11, 2010 at 23:12
We have two. Both have spot on accuracy. All its features make it worth 70 bucks I reckon but if you just want a good pressure gauge only then I would not buy one. Only downside is it is bit painful to screw on and off when you just want to do pressure checks. It needs a normal tyre gauge quick push on fitting which you would just screw on once for just checking pressures I just haven't got around to making one yet.
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